This is just a story about how I replaced my stereo. Please do not take this advice for your situation. Incorrect wiring can cause all sorts of damage or fires or trouble. Have a professional install your stereo!
I have a 2007 Chrysler Crossfire roadster, and it had a terrible stock radio. It has ten tiny buttons crammed together to control the stations, which you can’t figure out by feel alone. Randomly, it can take like 5 seconds to respond to a button press. It also sometimes goes into “AM AS” and “FM AS” mode, which as far as I can tell, just means “ignore button presses until you turn the radio on and off”. Very useful. Plus, it doesn’t have a USB port, it doesn’t have an AUX input port, and it doesn’t have any bluetooth capabilities. In California, there’s a law that says you can’t hold your phone in your hand if you’re talking in the car. (Being a manual transmission car, I couldn’t hold the phone in my hand anyways) Also being in California, the traffic is pretty terrible, and being able to talk on the phone with people would alleviate commute frustration.
All that being said, I decided to buy a Clarion CZ501 and replace the stock unit. It has a built in microphone, so I don’t have to route a new microphone wire through my upholstery for calls. It also has bluetooth profiles for phone calls, and bluetooth A2DP/AVCR profiles. This means that your phone can play music over bluetooth, and when you press the “next” button on the receiver, your phone will advance a track. Everything I wanted, plus the standard AM/FM radio. You can expand this unit with a satellite adapter, a HD radio adapter, or an external microphone to use instead of the internal microphone if you need these. ( I don’t particularly need these features )
Here’s what I had to buy at the end of the day:
- Clarion CZ501 radio receiver ($132)
- Scosche VM01B harness (for German car audio, I think) ($5)
- A bunch of wire caps for splicing wires together ($5/100 ct)
- A special DIN tool for removing German DIN’s. ($5)
- A 40-EU10 euro female antenna to motorola male antenna ($10)
I think if you buy a different radio unit than the Clarion, it might need a euro car to motorola female adapter. The Clarion needs a male adapter though, so thats what I bought. I don’t have a ‘system’, so I didn’t have to worry about hooking up an amp or anything. I don’t have the trunk space for anything else in this tiny car!
I inserted the DIN tool to the two flat slots at the bottom of the radio, and heard a ‘click!’. Then I just pulled the radio out, and disconnected everything at the back.
Next, I spliced the VM01B harness to the harness provided in the radio kit. I wired it thusly:
|VM01B color||Clarion color|
Next, I just plugged the antenna adapter to the back of the clarion, and the harnesses up as well. I inserted
Everything seems to be working well. Bluetooth syncs to my Android Nexus S well, and I can make calls, and stream music. If I leave my Bluetooth on in my phone, the stereo will auto-sync when I sit down in my car. If I push forward or backwards on the stereo, my phone advances the track. AM/FM works, and I can listen to my favorite stations. My car is a ragtop, and gets a lot of road noise. Even at that, everyone (except my mother) can hear me very well in the car while I’m driving down the highway. Sound quality for music is good enough for my needs!